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December 14, 2011
City employees exceed their goal in showing they care for the United Way of Toronto
  
City of Toronto employees presented a generous donation of $1,260,000 to United Way Toronto at an event held yesterday to recognize City staff as well as those of the Toronto Public Library, Toronto Zoo, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, Toronto Parking Authority and Exhibition Place for their annual campaign fundraising efforts.

"On behalf of Mayor Rob Ford, I applaud the fundraising efforts of City staff," said Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday (Ward 3 Etobicoke Centre). "The money raised will help hundreds of thousands of people by creating opportunities for youth, building strong neighbourhoods, and helping newcomers get settled in Toronto."

Workplace campaigns are a crucial component of the City of Toronto’s annual fundraising drive. Money is raised through individual employee pledges including leadership donations and many other activities. These donations go to a larger United Way Community Fund that provides core funding to a network of 200 non-profit agencies across the city that meet urgent needs and provide social services to strengthen individuals, families and communities.

“The City of Toronto has raised more than $1 million annually for 11 years in a row, thanks to a dedicated team of co-ordinators and canvassers from the Toronto Public Service and its partners, who volunteer each year to help those who need it the most,” said City Manager and Campaign Patron Joseph Pennachetti. “We will continue to support this worthy cause and build this great city together.”

"In these difficult economic times, it is truly comforting to know that Torontonians still care about their fellow residents," said United Way Toronto CEO Susan McIsaac. "As much as ever, there is the need for essential programs that are helping families, young children, youth at risk, seniors and newcomers."

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.7 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Media Contact
Cal Scotchmer
United Way Project Director
416-397-4017
cscotchm@toronto.ca

 

 

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